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September Art in Tehran

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

The weather shows some sign of cooling down these days with a breeze here and there and for a week now we have not turned the coolers on. However the art scene these days is rather lukewarm. Many Tehran galleries are not open and some have decided to delay their opening until after the end of Ramadan (a holy month for praying and fasting), the last week in October. One of the few galleries that have been open through the summer is the Golestan gallery and there we went twice in a week to see two different exhibitions.

Works of Sarah Hasankhan

The first one was painting work by Sarah Hasankhan whose work I did not find engaging or deep, one can only hope that these young artists spend more time on their work and chooses carefully the ones that they place for exhibition rather than whatever it is they have in their studio.

Works of Farahnaz Azarabadi

The next exhibition was of ceramics, decorated plates and bowls and also what I can only call installations on canvas by artist Farahnaz Azarabadi. The exhibition was titled Dash-Line and I had meant to go to the opening as soon as I saw the invitation card. There and then I felt that this artist knows what she is doing and I was not far wrong. Farahnaz at the opening of her show was accompanied by her husband, who is an engineer, and by her mother.

Works of Farahnaz Azarabadi

Farahnaz, like many of Tehran's artists has degrees (BA and MA) from universities and has been working on her art for the past twenty years. She told me that art is her hobby as well as her work as she enjoys and gets so wrapped up in making them. Being a very intense and determined lady I was not surprised to hear that. She enjoys the support of her husband and we keep hearing this ever more so these days that behind many successful women there is a feminist man, who is not threatened by his wife/daughter/sister's success.

Works of Farahnaz Azarabadi

When I asked her about the exhibition, she said the idea started with her installation of dash-lines on canvas and then she wanted some hard object with volume to accompany it and as this came about, she got more and more involved with her pottery works. In reply to my question why she had chosen pottery she told me, firstly that, "it is sweet" and also because of the fact that they have a life of their own; you model the clay and work on it and then you put them in the kiln to fire. What comes out has an independent life of its own, somehow completely devoid of your interference. She told me that she wanted the exhibition and the work to be more abstract but it became more figurative. Farahnaz is interested in soft aerobics, more of the dance type, for regular exercise and she did say that she meditates too. This was her second solo exhibition and we hope to see more of her work in the future.

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